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Alaska Power Association Newsletter: March 2015


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The Alaska Power Association is the statewide trade association that represents the electric utilities that supply power to more than a half-million Alaskans from Barrow to Unalaska, through the Interior and Southcentral, and down the Inside Passage.
March 2015
 Dear APA/AIE Members and Friends,

Spring has sprung in Alaska, and even though our winter was mild by Alaska standards, it's always nice to know summer is just around the corner.


Alaska Power Association has been busy this legislative session. We have engaged with the Legislature on a multitude of topics, from advocating for Railbelt grid unification, to urging full funding of the Power Cost Equalization Program, to supporting funding for the Renewable Energy Fund, and addressing specific legislation on behalf of our members, the unified voice of Alaska's electric utility industry has been heard.


We're continuing our work with the state legislature, but we're also turning our attention to our annual Federal Legislative Fly-in, which will take place June 2-4, in Washington, D.C. We're working on a diverse agenda that will put Alaska electric utilities front and center with decision makers on the federal level. Look for more information on this as the agenda comes together.


As always, stay in touch.


Crystal Enkvist, APR

APA Executive Director

ARECA Insurance Management Inc., Executive Vice President

Lineman Appreciation Day is April 13

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association this past December designated the second Monday in April as National Lineman Appreciation Day. This year, the day falls on April 13.


"It gives us a rallying point for our lineman," Kerry Kelton, the NRECA Texas Director said in a December news release about the day. "As an association, we felt it was important for us to designate a day each year for this purpose."


According to Alaska's Department of Labor, there are more than 600 linemen working in the state. These are the folks that brave all kinds of weather at all times of the day to ensure reliable electric power is reaching customers. 


With Alaska's often harsh climate, linemen go the distance to get the job done.


Alaska Power Association tips our hat to all the state's linemen and thanks them for all they do to power our state.  

Two Scholarship Opportunities Available from APA




 Alaska Power Association is offering two scholarships geared toward those seeking a career in the electric industry. It's all in an effort to assist those who will be the next generation of electric utility employees.


The Hank Nikkels Scholarship for Engineers is for Alaska residents attending college in Alaska full-time or part-time working toward obtaining a doctoral, Master or Bachelor of Science degree in engineering (electrical, civil, mechanical or computer science). The Nikkels Scholarship provides $1,000 in scholarship money and textbook stipends of up to $500.


The deadline to submit an application for the Hank Nikkels Scholarship is Friday, May 22, by 5 p.m. An application form can be found by clicking here.


This year, APA is proud to team with IBEW Local 1547 to offer up to $2,000 in scholarships for Alaska residents who intend to work in the electric industry and are enrolled in an accredited Alaska vocational school such as the Alaska Joint Electrical Apprenticeship and Training Trust, the Alaska Institute of Technology, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Community & Technical College, and the University of Alaska Anchorage Technical Vocational Educational Program.


The deadline for application to this scholarship is also May 22, by 5 p.m. More information can be found by clicking here

 ARCTEC CEO Recognized by Chugach Electric for Board Service
Chugach Electric Board Chair Janet Reiser recognizes ARCTEC CEO David Gillespie for his past service to the Chugach Board of Directors.

The CEO of the Alaska Railbelt Cooperative Transmission & Electric Company (ARCTEC), David Gillespie, was honored by the Chugach Board of Directors March 24 for his service on the board. ARCTEC is a new Supporting Member of APA.

Mr. Gillespie served on the Chugach Board of Directors from 2013 to 2015, and resigned earlier this year to take the position of CEO at ARCTEC.

ARCTEC members include Chugach Electric Association, Matanuska Electric Association, Golden Valley Electric Association and the City of Seward Electrical System.


APA/AIE Annual Meeting Aug. 25-28


Alaska Power Association and ARECA Insurance Exchange staff are working hard on arrangements for this year's Annual Meeting in Ketchikan. We are looking forward to joining our host utility, Southeast Alaska Power Agency, in one of Alaska's most picturesque coastal communities.


Details of the annual meeting are still coming together, but we can tell you about our receptions we have planned. For the welcome reception on August 25, attendees will be treated to the beautiful waterways surrounding Ketchikan on Allen Marine Cruises. The Ketchikan area is home to some of the most scenic waterways in the world.


At the ARECA Insurance Exchange reception, attendees will socialize and enjoy the night at the beautiful Cape Fox Lodge, a short walk from the annual meeting's convention center and one of the two hotels for annual meeting attendees.


There are numerous sponsorship opportunities for highlighting your organization at the Annual Meeting. For information about Annual Meeting sponsorships, click here. If you have any questions or would like to donate door prizes or promotional items for our giveaway bags, contact Michael Rovito, Director of Member and Public Relations, at 907-771-5711 or mrovito@alaskapower.org.



Alaska Power Association Employment Page


Did you know Alaska Power Association posts employment listings for its member utilities? 


Check out our website  to see the latest job offerings from electric utilities throughout the state.



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Employment Opportunities


The City of Seward is seeking a Journeyman Lineman. This is a regular, full-time position, with benefits. The pay rate is $44.52/hr.  This position is responsible for performing electrical construction, operation, and maintenance work for the City of Seward requiring a thorough knowledge of commonly accepted utility work practices.

A high school diploma or general education degree (GED), successful completion of an apprenticeship program that is certified by the Federal Bureau of Apprenticeship Training and Journeyman Lineman exam.  Journeyman Lineman Certification.

Successful applicants must undergo a criminal history check and drug testing.  Preference may be given to previous City employees.  The City of Seward is an equal opportunity employer. 

An application can be downloaded at the City of Seward website under documents at http://www.cityofseward.us/ or a direct link is as follows:


Position open until filled. Please send a completed application with resume to:

City of Seward
Attn:  Personnel
P.O. Box 167
Seward, AK  99664


Copper Valley Electric Association is seeking applications for the position of System Engineer.  The position is based out of the Valdez District Office.

For more details about the position requirements or to apply, visit www.cvea.org, careers section, for a complete application packet.  Questions about the application process should be directed to Nancy Heidelberg by email: jobs@cvea.org, or by phone at 907-822-8342.

The position is open until filled.  CVEA is an EEO Employer.


Matanuska Electric Association is seeking applicants for the position of Dispatcher II.

The Dispatcher II is responsible for oversight of MEA's electrical system operations and performance of dispatch center activities while on shift.  Oversees and directs power restoration activities of line crews, meter relay and contract line crews.

This position coordinates and directs the "real time" operation of electrical generation, transmission and distribution facilities throughout the cooperative's service area. These duties include performance of technical duties in coordinating and monitoring generation, transmission and distribution system reliability, performance, and safety on a day-to-day basis; to monitor system load and power flows into and out of the MEA system; and to prepare and implement switching for planned and emergency clearances, load shifting, load reduction, and energizing new equipment.

 For more information about this and other MEA job openings, visit the MEA website at www.mea.coop/about-mea/job-opportunities.


Municipal Light and Power is seeking a Rates & Tarrifs Analyst.

Under the general supervision of the Rates & Tariffs Supervisor, performs analytical work for the Rates & Tariffs Section including preparation of revenue requirement studies, cost of service studies, rate design studies, fuel cost determinations, cost of power adjustment filings, rate comparisons, and various forecasts and financial analyses, as assigned or required. Assists in the production of all filings with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA), including testimony and legal pleadings. Maintains load research database. Other related duties as assigned or required. Utilizes knowledge of principles, practices, procedures and economic theories of financial analysis, rate design, revenue requirements and load research; knowledge of ratemaking principles, concepts, and issues; knowledge of forecasting and financial analysis methods and techniques.

Minimum qualifications/substitutions/special qualifications: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a four (4) year degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics or a related field, and four (4) years of progressively responsible financial auditing, rate making, accounting, or budgeting experience, two (2) years of which include development and/or analysis of rate and pricing in a regulated or manufacturing industry.

Substitution: A post-graduate education in finance, accounting, economics or relevant field may be substituted on a year for year basis for up to two years of the required experience.

Must possess a valid state of Alaska Driver's License by the time of hire.

Apply online at www.muni.org/jol or 632 W. 6th Avenue, Suite 605, Anchorage, Alaska 99501


Middle Kuskokwim Electric Cooperative is recruiting for a General Manager. The General Manager is responsible for the safe, efficient, and reliable operation of MKEC's electrical power generation and distribution systems and bulk fuel tank farms in Chuathbaluk, Crooked Creek, Red Devil, Sleetmute and Stony River. For more information, call (907) 524-3361 or email ernie@raventechservices.com


Meetings & events calendar

Meetings and events

APA Federal Legislative Fly-in
June 2-4, 2015, Washington, D.C.


Industry Events and Training:


NWPPA 75th Annual Conference & Membership 

 May 17-21, 2015 Anchorage, AK
(Open for registrations in late January)


Enterprise Risk Management - Part 1 

 Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2015 Anchorage, AK


Frontline Leadership #2 - Leadership Challenges 

 Sept. 29-30, 2015 Anchorage, AK


Lineman Skills Training 

October 26-27, 2015 Anchorage, AK


Grounding and Power Quality 

October 26, 2016 Anchorage, AK


Power Factor & Harmonic Analysis and Power Quality

October 27, 2015 Anchorage, AK


NWPPA/APA Alaska Electric Utility Conference 

October 26-29, 2015 Anchorage, AK

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